BLOG TOUR – Shadow Crimes by Michael Hambling

Today I am pleased to share with you my review of Shadow Crimes by Michael Hambling.  This is book 7 in the Detective Sophie Allen series and is a brilliant addition to the series that works excellently as stand-alone.  If you have any questions for Michael or would just like to chat with the man behind the story you are welcome at the Facebook Launch Party tonight (30th October) 19:15-21:15GMT the link is here

 

Shadow Crimes by Michael Hambling

Available from Amazon UK   US   AU   CA

DETECTIVE SOPHIE ALLEN IS BACK TO SOLVE HER TOUGHEST CASE

An undercover detective disappears.
A retired prison officer is murdered.
Drugs and contraband phones are out of control in the local prisons. How are they getting in?

Can Detective Sophie Allen discover the links between these crimes?

AND WILL SHE FIND THE MISSING DETECTIVE BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT? 

A shadowy group with more influence than anyone suspected will stop at nothing to protect themselves.

Discover the truth in this enthralling crime mystery.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Colin Dexter, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

SHADOW CRIMES is book seven of a new series of crime thrillers featuring Sophie Allen, head of the Violent Crime Unit in Dorset.

THE DETECTIVES
DCI Sophie Allen is Dorset’s acknowledged expert on murder and violent crime. She is 42 as the series starts, and lives with her husband and younger daughter in Wareham. Her elder daughter is studying in London. Sophie has a law degree and a master’s in criminal psychology. Her brilliant mind conceals some dark secrets from her past.

DS Barry Marsh is based at Swanage police station. He’s quiet, methodical and dedicated, the perfect foil for Sophie’s hidden fragility.

THE SETTING
Dorset. A beautiful English county which includes a stunning section of the coastline, but whose beauty belies darkness beneath the surface.

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW

THE DCI SOPHIE ALLEN BOOKS
Book 1: DARK CRIMES
Book 2: DEADLY CRIMES
Book 3: SECRET CRIMES
Book 4: BURIED CRIMES
Book 5: TWISTED CRIMES
Book 6: EVIL CRIMES read more here
Book 7: SHADOW CRIMES

Books 1-3 are also available as a box set


My thoughts

This is book 7 but the books work perfectly as stand alone.

Sophie Allen has been promoted to Detective Superintendent and is still getting used to her new powers when a new case lands on her desk that sees her working once again with Lydia a colleague from her past.

This is a complicated case with prison smuggling becoming entangled with racial hatred and murder that strikes very close to home for the teams when one of their own goes missing.

It is a fast-paced story with many twists and turns as the 2 teams and 2 cases struggle to find a way forward.  If you like the detective investigative side of crime fiction you will love this book as we follow the teams as they pick their way through the few clues they have to find a way forward.  It isn’t until the end that the clues become leads and all the strands start to knit together.

The characters are complex and realistic I particularly like the part played by Danny and his family and overall the compassionate way the scenes were set.

A gripping read that keeps the readers’ interest all the way through.


Author Bio

Like many writers, I have been a keen reader all of my life. I remember one day as a nine year old in the summer holidays, when I visited the local library four times in one day because a child’s ticket only allowed one book out at a time! I can even remember the plot of one book, a story about a boy taking up fly-fishing, read while sitting outside in a sunny back garden in Bristol.

I still live in the west-country, and set the location of my novels in this area. The early novels in the series are based in the Isle of Purbeck, one of the UK’s most beautiful coastal regions. But the rest of the county of Dorset does get a look in, and there are scenes set in other locations in the central south of England.

I write because I constantly create scenes, people, imaginary conversations and unusual situations in my head. I have always done so, ever since I was a child. Using the richness of the English language to set down these creations in words is a great joy. Maybe by the time I’ve edited a passage for the umpteenth time it’s beginning to lose some of its sparkle for me, but I do believe in reshaping and polishing until it’s as good as I can make it. It then becomes something about which I can feel some justifiable pride.

Who are my own favourite writers? Hilary Mantel, of course. Not just the the recent Thomas Cromwell novels, but the brilliant and sly characterisation of Beyond Black.
Doris Lessing has written some startlingly original stories over many years. I’m also a great fan of David Mitchell. He shows great creativity in all of his novels.
Philip Pullman has written many books of startling originality, full of imaginative ideas. Not just the Lara series, but the earlier Sally Lockhart novels. One of my sons bought me La Belle Sauvage (volume one of the Book of Dust trilogy) for Christmas. I loved it, so much so that I’ve already re-read it a month later, something very rare for me. Wonderful stuff.
Another author I’ve come to admire greatly is Charity Norman. She writes about families in crisis situations and how the problem is partly resolved. I came to her books with “The New Woman”, a novel that probes the problems created by gender variance. Her other novels are equally good. Her writing style is outstanding.

In crime fiction I like Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie novels and the books of Mo Hayder. I also enjoy Colin Dexter’s Morse and Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels.

I cannot compete with these greats, so I aim for something different. I hope that I have succeeded to some extent.

 

LINKS

Website:  http://www.michaelhambling.co.uk/Contact.php

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/michaelhambling.author

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Written in Blood (Inspector Drake #6) by Stephen Puleston

THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all the wonderful Bloggers who helped with the Blog Tour for Written in Blood.  Your help is very much appreciated.  You are all BRILLIANT and we can’t thank you enough. x

What the Bloggers think of Written in Blood

Ginger Book Geek

This has to be my favourite book of the series so far.  The story hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout.  The crimes are gruesome in nature and will certainly stay in my mind for a long time to come.  I found reading ‘Written In Blood’ to be extremely addictive.   Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is a highly suspenseful crime fiction with many twists and turns. Not everyone tells the truth … not everyone is who they say they are … and there are many suspects to look at a little more closely.  Read more here

 

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

I liked this book and Drake’s team, they may seem like a misfit bunch, but they work well together and they work hard to find the killer. There is more than one murder and all of the victims are connected. If you are a fan of police procedural and suspense, I would highly recommend this book.  Read more here

Akamatra

The suspense is thick and there are many nice twists in this story. I loved the fact that you can’t really “make” the murderer from the suspects and that this was a nice read that didn’t need any knowledge of the previous books in the series. However, now that I’ve read this one I want to read all other books with Inspector Drake!  Read more here

Beth in a Box

Written in Blood is a great book from Stephen Puleston.  Like all good crime fiction, it kept me turning the pages and wanting to find out more.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

These books are getting better and better as we move through the cases and I look forward to each new book with delight.  Read more here

 

Turn The Page

Another fantastic installment of Inspector Drake, highly recommend this, well written and easy to read. Being book six, I think they should be read in order to get full effect, however there is a standalone story, so can be read by anyone and everyone!!!  Read more here

 

Black Books Blog

Overall this is a brilliant read, and if you haven’t done so already I would recommend purchasing this one along with all the others.  Read more here

J.V. Baptie

Big Family Organised Chaos

Kelly’s. Thoughts On Things

Mystery Thriller Week 


Written in Blood (Inspector Drake Book 6) by Stephen Puleston

BUY WRITTEN IN BLOOD NOW ON AMAZON

A savage murder…
When Inspector Drake is called to the holiday home of eminent barrister and recently appointed judge, Nicholas Wixley, he is faced with a grizzly sight. Wixley’s body has been badly mutilated and staged to resemble a scene from the feared serial murderer – The Alphabet Killer. The only problem is, the perpetrator for those murders is already behind bars…

A copycat killer on the loose?
Drake and the team embark on a frantic investigation to identify the copycat killer and warn other potential victims – all of whom Drake suspects are linked to the previous Alphabet case. But when a friend of Wixley’s is found murdered on his yacht, Drake begins to suspect the copycat link is a red herring to throw them off the scent…

A murderer who must be caught!
And when another murder takes place, Drake begins to question everything he knows about this case and his possible suspects. Now with his own reputation and the integrity of the Wales Police Service on the line Drake cannot afford to make any more mistakes.

IF YOU SHOP ONLINE AT SAINSBURYS READ THIS

I rarely use my Blog for anything other than book related posts but I feel I need to share my home shopping experience.

Firstly I would like to make clear that the Manageress at Sainsbury’s Matlock was extremely helpful but was unable to physically do anything to help despite trying everything.

Secondly, I would ask that you forget we are talking about cigarettes here the product is not relevant to this.  For those who don’t smoke all packs of cigarettes look the same now here are 3 different brands:

I have been shopping online with Sainsburys for over a year we have an Anytime Delivery Saver and spend approximately £200 a week online and instore (£9600 during the course of this delivery saver which expires at the end of November 2018).  The deliveries are not very reliable we often get the wrong variety of dog food despite it being Do Not Substitute and other things have been wrong but we tended to let it go.  So when we received the cigarettes on 12th October they looked the same and we had no substitutions so it wasn’t until we opened them that we realised they were wrong.  We had been charged for Black Superkings and Black Superkings had been scanned in according to the till receipt but they delivered something totally different.  Instead of 1 x 100 Black Superkings for which we had been charged £56.25 we received 1 x 100 Sterling Blue which they sell for £42.50 so we were overcharged £13.75 for those.  Instead of 2 x 20 Black Superkings for which we had been charged £22.50 we received 2 x 20 Benson & Hedges Dual which they sell for £20.08.  So despite being given the wrong products, we have also been overcharged £16.18.

I emailed a couple of times and filled in a couple of online forms and got no response.  I rang the helpline and after being put on hold for long periods several times I was told that there was nothing they could do as the products had been opened.  They did offer me a £10 voucher as a ‘gesture of goodwill’!!  I told them to forget it.  Below are the barcodes and till receipts, if you use a barcode scanner they come up as the brand it says on the packet so somehow Sainsbury’s managed to scan in Superkings and deliver something different.  The evidence is there – getting them to admit it was a whole different ball game.

So I decided to try Social Media and so began a game where I was passed around from person to person via Messenger:

First up was SAL: 

Then along came Drago:

Then on 17th we have Laura:

 

 

 

and a bit later on she is replaced by Marc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and a bit later Marc is replaced by Dani

Then we have Ewan closely followed by Gordy 

and then Sas and then Gordy is back 

RESULT!!  except it isn’t because apparently, the refund was dependant on me taking the cigs back to Ripley because of course, it states that clearly doesn’t it?  I obviously need to go to Specsavers.

So the bottom line is NO I didn’t get a refund because I am not driving 15 miles to Ripley to rectify THEIR mistake it isn’t on the way to anywhere I go and while I was waiting for the promised refund I gave the cigarettes away lol.

So the message is clear don’t shop with Sainsbury’s if you do check everything before the driver leaves.  I have to admit I was very tempted to place another order and check every single item against the receipt while the driver stood there watching his route timing go out of the window but in the end I decided it would inconvenience people who were not part of this.

So back to Tesco I go I only changed because Dad decided he didnt like Tesco food any more but he has gone now.  The silver lining is I get Virgin Flying miles with Tesco so another free flight coming up 🙂

**NEW** DETECTIVE SOPHIE ALLEN BOOKS 1-3 – Box Set now available

I am thrilled to let you know that books 1-3 of the brilliant Sophie Allen Series by Michael Hambling are now available as a Box Set.  You can buy all 3 books for just 3.99GBP/5.12USD/7.99AUD/5.99CAD or FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

DETECTIVE SOPHIE ALLEN BOOKS 1-3:  three enthralling crime mysteries by [HAMBLING, MICHAEL]DETECTIVE SOPHIE ALLEN BOOKS 1-3: three enthralling crime mysteries by Michael Hambling

Available from Amazon UK  US  AU  CA

DO YOU LOVE GRIPPING CRIME FICTION? THEN MEET DETECTIVE SOPHIE ALLEN.

YOU GET THREE ENTHRALLING MYSTERIES IN THIS BOX SET

BOOK 1: DARK CRIMES

A young woman’s body is discovered on a deserted footpath in a Dorset seaside town late on a cold November night. She has been stabbed through the heart.

It seems like a simple crime for DCI Sophie Allen and her team to solve. But not when the victim’s mother is found strangled the next morning. The case grows more complex as Sophie Allen discovers that the victims had secret histories, involving violence and intimidation. There’s an obvious suspect but Detective Allen isn’t convinced. Could someone else be lurking in the shadows, someone savagely violent, looking for a warped revenge?

BOOK 2: DEADLY CRIMES

A young man’s mutilated body is found on top of the Agglestone, a well-known local landmark on Studland Heath.

It seems that he was involved in a human trafficking and prostitution gang. But why is DCI Sophie Allen keeping something back from her team? Is it linked to the extraordinary discovery of her own father’s body at the bottom of a disused mineshaft, more than forty years after he disappeared?

BOOK 3: SECRET CRIMES

Two women go away for the weekend, but only one comes back alive.Was it just the music they were into? And who was the man the victim met at the festival?

DCI Sophie Allen is back in charge after the emotional upheavals she suffered in ‘Deadly Crimes,’ but is she really in control? And Detective Constable Rae Gregson joins the team and immediately faces challenges that put her life in peril.

IF YOU LIKE ANGELA MARSONS, RACHEL ABBOTT, COLIN DEXTER, RUTH RENDELL, OR MARK BILLINGHAM you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE DETECTIVE
DCI Sopie Allen is head of the recently formed Violent Crime Unit in Dorset. A beautiful English county which includes a stunning section of the coastline, but whose beauty belies darkness beneath the surface. She is 42 as the series starts, and lives with her husband and younger daughter in Wareham. Her elder daughter is studying in London. Sophie has a law degree and a master’s in criminal psychology. Her brilliant mind conceals some dark secrets from her past.

What readers are saying about Michael Hambling’s books

I highly recommend this series to any fans of the police procedural, they may be read as standalone books, but I suggest treating yourself and starting with book one, you will not be disappointed.” Kenneth

“An utterly compelling book from Michael Hambling.” Ron

“The characters were a diverse, mixed bag of well-developed, realistic personalities.” Nicki

Surprise after surprise for the reader await.” Joyce

“The storyline kept me hooked from start to finish and the police procedure, in my opinion, was immaculate which in crime novels isn’t always the case!” Dreenbee

DETECTIVE SOPHIE ALLEN SERIES
Book 1: DARK CRIMES
Book 2: DEADLY CRIMES
Book 3: SECRET CRIMES
Book 4: BURIED CRIMES
Book 5: TWISTED CRIMES
Book 6: EVIL CRIMES
Book 7: SHADOW CRIMES

BLOG TOUR – Horsemen (DS Smith #7) by Stewart Giles

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for HORSEMEN DS Jason Smith #7) by the talented Stewart Giles. I am absolutely loving this series and feel blessed to be reading the whole series back to back. Each book is better than the last and each one is a unique page-turner. You can buy this for 99p/c for a few more days.

Horsemen (DS Jason Smith #7) by Stewart Giles

Available from AMAZON

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

One draining murder investigation after another has left DS Jason on the brink of losing his sanity and he needs a break.

Smith sets off for the peaceful Yorkshire village of Scarpdale for two weeks of country air, slow walks by the lakes and no mobile phone reception. He wakes up on his first morning to find three policemen outside his room. A young woman has been found dead next to one of the lakes. Smith was seen talking to the woman the night before.

Smith is begged by Jimmy Phoenix to find out what happened to his daughter. Against his better judgment, Smith agrees and starts to ask questions, but the locals are not giving anything away. When Sophie’s boyfriend, Lewis Van Camp is found dead an hour before her funeral, Smith is baffled. Lewis was his odds on favourite for Sophie’s murder.

Smith quickly realizes that rival horse breeders, the Van Camps and the Phoenix’s are involved somehow. Everybody he speaks to talks of something that happened in New York the previous summer; something sinister involving these horsemen but nobody seems to know exactly what went on.

An action packed thriller filled with the twists, turns and red herrings we expect from Stewart Giles. This is an edge of your seat page-turner that will appeal to all readers of crime fiction.

THE SETTING
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.

At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DC Erica Whitton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.


My thoughts

This review is for the newly updated and re-edited version

I love this series. The books just get better and better and this one is no different.

I am pleased to see Smith starting to mature and get it together with Whitton. They make a brilliant team both personally and professionally. I also like the humour Stewart has run through the books especially with Chalmers and Smyth I can actually see that happening in real life.

The story revolves around the people with big money the underlying theme being ‘money doesn’t buy happiness’

Smith is planning a break away from all the evil and death in his private and professional life but first he needs to solve the McDonalds robberies that are taking place around the city. This brings him face to face with Jimmy Phoenix, a self made millionaire.

The McDonalds case closed Smith sets off for the Yorkshire wilderness but typical of Smith’s world a break is not going to happen anytime soon.

Love, love, love this story. There are so many twists and turns as Smith tries to untangle secrets and the intrigue builds right to the end. As is typical the ending is a totally unexpected.

Characters that grow with every book, a unique story with twists, turns and red herrings this is everything a crime thriller should be and more. A must read for lovers of great detective stories.

5 golden stars from me.

What readers are saying about Horsemen:

‘Just finished the latest Jason Smith book and thoroughly enjoyed the series so far. Great characters, clever storylines with excitement and humour thrown in. Well worth a read.’ – Margaret Murray

‘Having read the previous Jason Smith books, I was waiting eagerly for this new addition – and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. I’ve found them all engaging from the first page and so easy to become totally immersed in the story as it so carefully unfolded on each page.’ – Paul B
‘I’m a great fan of Stewart Giles and devour his books eagerly. I sometimes find that when I read a series I become bored and critical of the characters & plots but I never tire of Jason Smith.’ – Pat McCulloch

‘Another compelling detective story in the delightful DS Jason Smith series of thrillers. Jason finds he has to cross the Atlantic in order to solve a crime committed on his own doorstep. A most satisfying ending.’ – Kindle Customer

‘I have read the whole series back to back and really enjoyed them, both plot and character wise. Really looking forward to next one, to see what’s in store for Smith’ – JeffKnowsStuff

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia
Book 1 – Smith
Book 2 – Boomerang
Book 3 – Ladybird
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor
Book 5 – Harlequin
Book 6 – Selene
Book 7 – Horsemen
Book 8 – Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker

DS JASON SMITH & DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Enigma – will be released on 18th November 2018


Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links

Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form https://mailchi.mp/a64f6de4c541/sgreadersclub

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Error of Judgement by Roy Lewis #TeamJoffeBooks #mystery @joffebooks

Once again we are indebted to the wonderful Bloggers who helped with the Blog Tour for ERROR OF JUDGMENT by Roy Lewis. Thank you also to all the readers, reviewers and carer/sharers who helped to promote this book. You are all AMAZING! Roy, Jill & Joffe Books


Ginger Book Geek

In short I really enjoyed reading ‘Error Of Judgement’ and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.  I would recommend this book to other readers and particularly to those who enjoy reading historical crime.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

 

Joanna Larum’s Reviews 

This is the second novel in the crime series featuring Inspector Crow. This time, a woman is found dead in a Polytechnic while a demonstration by the students is happening outside. The woman is the Principle’s secretary and Crow is called in to deal with the investigation.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews 

This is a solid mystery with Crow first finding who he thinks is responsible … and then trying to find the tangible proof. There are several twists and turns that led me in one direction, and then another. Crow and Wilson work well together, I enjoy how they relate to each other.  Read more here

 

Black Books Blog 

Overall this is a brilliant book, which i enjoyed and am looking forward to the next thrilling installment.  Read more here

Turn the Page Blog
Beth in a Box
The Quiet Geordie


Error of Judgment by Roy Lewis

Available from Amazon UK   US   AU

Looking for a classic murder mystery from an acclaimed crime writer?

Discover Inspector Crow of Scotland Yard. Enjoy a beautifully told story from a time before smart phones and DNA testing. Full of twists and turns, this will have you gripped from start to finish.

A young woman is found dead in a college while students demonstrate. It turns out she was the principal’s secretary and there was more to her than meets the eye.

Who wanted her dead and why? And what does it have to do with the student revolt led by a charismatic firebrand from Iraq?

Inspector John Crow is called in and has little doubt who’s responsible but a series of surprises will make him reconsider everything.

This fast-paced mystery will have you enthralled from the start. Set in England in the late 1960s, this is the second book to feature Inspector John Crow. More coming soon.

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY WRITER

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Peter Robinson.

Roy Lewis is one of the most critically acclaimed crime writers of his generation.

PRAISE FOR ROY LEWIS MYSTERIES

Each Lewis seems to better the last. Here is an intriguing puzzle and likely police work and a fine picture of Northumbrian society and countryside” The Times

“Roy Lewis has demonstrated an enviable range both in geography and style…a nice neat story” The Financial Times

“Lots of cunning complications embracing conservation and financial fiddles” The Guardian

“A thorough, unpretentious and immensely solid piece of work with an interesting and likeable hero” Times Literary Supplement

Tightly written, well paced and relentlessly accurate” Oxford Times

“Chilly drama with some stirring cliff hanger” Sunday Telegraph

THE DETECTIVE
Skeletally-built, mild-mannered Inspector John Crow is established in the Murder Squad in London and constantly meets hostility when he is called upon to work on murder cases in regional crime squads in Wales and the Midlands. He displays strong moral feelings, and a sensitivity which brings him into conflict with regional staff as he doggedly and successfully pursues the truth in cases where he is called in.

INSPECTOR CROW BOOKS
Book 1: A LOVER TOO MANY
Book 2: ERROR OF JUDGMENT


Author Bio

Roy Lewis is a well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children – all of them lawyers.

 

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: The Stolen Boys (Jackman & Evans #5) by Joy Ellis #JackmanandEvans #policeprocedural #TeamJoffeBooks #detective #crimefiction @joffebooks

Joy, Joffe Books and I would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the wonderful Bloggers on the Blog Tour for THE STOLEN BOYS #1 in Australia (#7 in UK) is awesome and that is down to you guys. Thank you also to all the readers, reviewers and carer/sharers who helped promote this book you are all THE BEST 🙂

What the Bloggers thought:

Ginger Book Geek

”The Stolen Boys’ is certainly one hell of a read and topical too in a society where possessions are often treasured more than life itself.  Yes the nature of the crimes are rather gruesome to say the least but the author has in no way glorified violence and the violence is not gratuitous in any way.  In fact the violence is more implied and left to the reader’s imagination.  The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story and before you know it you are hooked on the book.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

As with all this author’s books, they are sheer page turners with fast paced, action packed stories. The characters are finely drawn. I love how they’ve changed and matured since the inception of Book 1 in this series.  read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The story is told in the third person and from various angles, giving the reader insights into the workings of the various minds on display, before it brings them all together at the end, leaving one wanting more, much more!  Read more here

Musings of a tired mummy 

I really enjoyed this book but a lot of the police get injured in the line of duty! The relationships between the police officers is well established and they have a great rapport and respect for each other. There are tensions with other characters but this allows us to see different aspects of their personality.  Read more here

Book Worm 

This story is very fast paced and easy quick read without losing the tingles and show stops you expect. If you want a book that you can’t put down then you’ve found it. But please see below all Joys other books, honestly you won’t regret starting from the top.  Read more here

Akamatra 

If you are looking for a page turner, you got one! It’s a really fast-paced book that you wont want to put down and you’ll probably loose sleep over!  Read more here

Nicki`s Life of Crime 

This gripping thriller has loads of twists and turns,keeps the reader guessing and has a unexpected twist at the end. Although this is the fogth book in the series and despite there being some references to events from the previous book,it can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. I love this series and can’t wait to find out what Joy Ellis has planned for Jackman and his team’s next investigation.  Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews 

Overall The Stolen Boys is an original and engaging story with character you can’t help caring about, that will take you on a surprisingly emotional journey.  Read more here

Turn The Page 

Do you love a gripping mystery with a huge twist? Then try this book by a #1 best-selling author now. You won’t be able to put it down. By an author, everyone’s talking about.  Read more here

Beth in a Box

I was expecting great things from this book given its predecessor… and it didn’t disappoint.  Joy’s unique writing style, and rather loveable protagonists makes sure that it is a real page-turner.  Read more here

Black Books Blog 

Overall I thought it was a brilliant book, once I got over how much clothes are worth,  and really loved the way the team worked together despite everything they have gone through int he previous book.  I would highly recommend this book and entire series.  Read more here

 

Mystery Thriller Week 


THE STOLEN BOYS by Joy Ellis

Available from Amazon UK   US   AU

Do you love a gripping mystery with a huge twist? Then try this book by a #1 best-selling author now. You won’t be able to put it down. By an author, everyone’s talking about.

A MYSTERY WHICH WILL CAPTIVATE YOU TILL THE STUNNING ENDING

A crime wave has hit town. The target is a highly sought-after brand of streetwear called Hybird X, clothing that costs a fortune and resells for unbelievable prices. Houses are burgled, young men mugged on the streets . . . and finally, a young man dies, all for the sake of his shoes.

And then another boy’s body is found in a pile of rubbish. Meanwhile, illegal steroids are flooding the streets.

A shadowy figure called Darke and his teams of young criminals seem to be behind it all.

Detectives Jackman and Evans must take on a fiendish criminal, while still haunted by Alistair Ashcroft, the serial killer they never caught.

WHO IS DARKE AND WHAT DOES HE REALLY WANT?

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking ending.


My thoughts


THE DETECTIVES
DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues.

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS
Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND
Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES
Book 5: THE STOLEN BOYS


Author Bio

UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS and THE FOURTH FRIEND

1 million books sold and rising!

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh, bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our four Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Selene (DS Smith #6) by Stewart Giles #DSSmith #Policeprocedural #crimefiction #detective @StewartGiles

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all the Bloggers on the Blog Tour for this series you are all absolutely AWESOME we can’t thank you enough all the books in this series are climbing the Amazon charts and that is down to your help.

What the Bloggers are saying:

Black Books Blog 

The story follows Smith and the team as they investigate the murder of two men, who are not connected in anyway and are killed almost a month apart.  With no new leads the new DI brings in a psychiatrist she has used in the past to see if she can work out who the murderer is and why they are killing in the way they are.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews 

This is the sixth in the Jason Smith series and I have to say that these books get better and better. I’m enjoying the insight into Smith’s character and, although at first I thought the writer had made a mistake by showing how immature Smith was in the first book, his character is developing from book to book and I now bow down to the author’s superior knowledge. Smith is growing with each book.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog 

I enjoyed the twists in this book and the ending was great. The characters were excellent as always and it was great to see the relationships develop even further as the team struggled to crack on of the hardest cases they have faced to date.  Read more here

 

Linda Strong Book Reviews 

Each of the books in this series is better than the last. Jason Smith has become one of my favorite characters. I really enjoy the mix of professional and personal. The returning characters begin to feel like family and I look forward to seeing whatever Smith gets into down the road.  Read more here

 

Turn The Page Blog 

Another fantastic Installment of DS Smith, Whitley or helps to read them on order so the background polt makes sense, I would recommend this to anyone and could be read alone.  Read more here

 

On the Shelf Reviews 

Another action packed and intriguing read from Stewart Giles but brace yourselves though because this is a bit of an emotional one too!  Read more here

 

DebbieHipster 

I never want these to end!! Please get on BBC or Netflix, this needs to happen.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek 

Review to follow

 

Book Worm 


Selene (DS Jason Smith #6) by Stewart Giles

Available from AMAZON

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

A man is found tucked up in bed with his throat sliced open two days after Christmas.

DS Jason Smith and his team are baffled. It appears he has been drugged, killed and carefully wrapped up in a duvet. The only evidence Smith finds are some strands of hair belonging to a woman. One month later, another man is killed in exactly the same manner but there appears to be no link whatsoever to the two men apart from the fact that they were both single, lonely and middle-aged.

Haunted by lucid dreams and terrifying double awakenings, Smith stumbles upon something that will send him on a hunt for the most baffling murderer the people of York has ever seen. With time quickly running out before the next full moon and the safety of one of his closest colleagues entering the equation, Smith finally closes in on the most terrifying murderer he has ever come across.

This is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller with twists and turns all the way to an ending you won’t expect.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.


My Thoughts


THE SETTING
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.

DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

What readers are saying about Selene:
‘A super author with a great balance of personal and professional story-lines. Can’t get enough of this series, every book is eagerly waited for.’ – Patti36
‘Thoroughly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading the next book of the series. What unique story lines and twists.’ – Kerry Whitehead
‘I LOVE a good thriller and this one did not disappoint – I was hooked right to the very end – I finished reading this book under the light of the supermoon – very surreal. Great writing style – Smith would make a great TV series!’ – Zoe
‘A Great Read! Very intense at times, excellent writing and well worth the time to read. You can’t go wrong with a Stewart Giles book!!!’ – Kindle Customer
‘I have been binge reading the entire DS Smith series and I love them all! It is rare that a series captivates me as this one has, holds my interest, is filled with interesting characters, twists and turns, and is exciting!’ – JeffKnowsStuff

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

***Coming soon: the first DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor thriller – THE ENIGMA release date 18th November 2018 ***

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia
Book 1 – Smith
Book 2 – Boomerang
Book 3 – Ladybird
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor
Book 5 – Harlequin
Book 6 – Selene
Book 7 – Horsemen
Book 8 – Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker


Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links
Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33
You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form https://mailchi.mp/a64f6de4c541/sgreadersclub

 

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Murder in Mind by Faith Martin #crimefiction @faith.martin_nov @joffebooks

THANK YOU very much to all the wonderful Bloggers on the #blogtour for MURDER IN MIND by Faith Martin.  Another bestseller and that is down to your help.  We cant thank you enough xx

What the bloggers thought:

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

As usual, Faith’s writing keeps the reader turning the pages, desperate for the next clue in the story and hoping that Hillary will say yes to the proposal! I would recommend to all lovers of police procedurals.  Read more here

 

Ginger Book Geek

Every time I pick up a book by Faith Martin, I know that I am going to be in for one hell of a read and so it proved for ‘Murder In Mind’.  The author’s writing style is such that she grabs your attention from the first word on the first page and before you get to the bottom of the page, you are hooked.  Read more here

 

Robin Loves Reading 

Murder in Mind is an exceptionally quick read. It is a great crime mystery where we get to see Hillary using her exceptional wits to solve this heinous crime. Character development is done quite well in this book.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews 

This is easily one of my favorite series with characters that I will not soon forget. I highly recommend starting at the very beginning, even though this one is easily read as a stand alone.  Read more here

Akamatra 

I absolutely loved it! I have yet to read a book by Hillary Greene that I did not like. In this one, the various aspects of the fiesty detective’s life almost take front center, along with the changes in her professional life with a new boss.   Read more here

Black Books Blog

This is a nice long series and it is plodding along nicely towards the end with this intriguing book.  Read more here

Mystery Thriller Week 

The plots are always spot on with every book I read in this series. One of the things I notice when I read Faith Martin’s books is how she uses a good blend of narrative and dialogue.  Read more here

 

The Quiet Geordie 

As always, running alongside the main investigation, there is a secondary plot line. The main investigation felt like a bit of a let down – I personally felt that the secondary plot took centre stage, and the main plot (good though it was) was more a bit of a filler.  Read more here

Book Worm

 

 

MURDER IN MIND by Faith Martin

Available from Amazon  UK   US   AU

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS SOLVING THE COLD CASES NO ONE ELSE COULD CRACK.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE WORK OF A NARROW MIND.”

Seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Perkins was found battered to death in her home in 2010, the murder weapon is suspected to be a fire poker.

Her grandson Robbie inherited everything, but he can’t be placed at the scene of the crime.

WHO KILLED THIS HARMLESS OLD WOMAN AND WHY? AND WHAT SECRETS WAS SHE HIDING?

Hillary has a new boss and a baffling cold case to contend with, not to mention a marriage proposal to consider.

Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a cold-case consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.

She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene.

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

THE DETECTIVE
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive, single woman nearing the landmark age of fifty, Hillary Greene was a police officer of many years’ experience (earning the rank of DI) and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knew how the system worked, and was always fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Forced to retire early through no fault of her own, she has now returned to the force as a civilian consultant on cold cases.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE WORK OF A NARROW MIND.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE
BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK
BOOK 12: MURDER NEVER RETIRES
BOOK 13: MURDER OF A LOVER
BOOK 14: MURDER NEVER MISSES
BOOK 15: MURDER AT MIDNIGHT
BOOK 16: MURDER IN MIND

Book 17 coming soon!


Author Bio

Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time. The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style ‘whodunits’ under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.

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